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Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 34 public bills, H.R. 1868-
1901; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 43-46; and H. Res. 246-248 were 
introduced.
  Pages H2694-97

Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H2698

Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 653, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid 
interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and 
discrimination, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-78); and
  H.R. 702, to amend the Notification and Federal Employee 
Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 to strengthen Federal 
antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission and expand accountability within the Federal Government, and 
for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-79).
Page H2694

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Graves (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2633

Recess: The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H2638

Self-Insurance Protection Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed 
to H. Res. 241, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1304) to 
amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public 
Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude 
from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-
loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans, 
by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 212, after the 
previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 188 
nays, Roll No. 211.
  Pages H2647-51

Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017: Concur in 
the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, to improve the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration's weather research through a focused program 
of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, 
computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement 
in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, 
and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather 
data.
  Pages H2666-67
Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1343, 
to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so 
as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide 
certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans, by a yea-
and-nay vote of 331 yeas to 87 nays, Roll No. 216.
  Pages H2667-78
  Rejected the Swalwell (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the 
Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same 
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 
185 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 215.
Pages H2676-77
  Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-11 shall be 
considered as adopted.
Page H2667

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Withdrawn:
  Polis amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-75) that was offered 
and subsequently withdrawn that would have required GAO to report to 
Congress one year after date of enactment the impact of the legislation 
on employee ownership.
Page H2675
  H. Res. 240, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 
1343) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 177 noes, Roll 
No. 214, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 229 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 213.
Pages H2641-47, H2652-53
Senate Referral: S. 89 was held at the desk.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and 
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2641.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2650-51, 
H2651, H2652, H2652-53, H2676-77, and H2677-78. There were no quorum 
calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

Committee Meetings

THE NEXT FARM BILL: COMMODITY POLICY PART II
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held a hearing entitled “The Next Farm Bill: Commodity 
Policy Part II”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

THE NEXT FARM BILL: CREDIT PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, 
and Credit held a hearing entitled “The Next Farm Bill: Credit 
Programs”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled 
“Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs”. Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.

ASSESSING PROGRESS AND IDENTIFYING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN DEFENSE 
REFORM
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Assessing Progress and Identifying Future Opportunities in Defense 
Reform”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup 
on H.R. 1808, the “Improving Support for Missing and Exploited 
Children Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1809, the “Juvenile Justice Reform 
Act of 2017”. H.R. 1808 and H.R. 1809 were ordered reported, as 
amended.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a 
hearing on a discussion draft of Brownfields Reauthorization. Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.

CYBERSECURITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC-PRIVATE 

PARTNERSHIPS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity in the Health 
Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships”. Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S MANDATE AND GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and 
Trade held a hearing entitled “Examining the Federal Reserve's Mandate 
and Governance Structure”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NON-NUCLEAR SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and 
Trade; and Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance held a joint 
hearing entitled “Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear 
Sanctions Against Iran”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

DEFEATING A SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS ADVERSARY: ARE THE NEW BORDER 

SECURITY TASK FORCES THE RIGHT APPROACH?
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime 
Security held a hearing entitled “Defeating a Sophisticated and 
Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right 
Approach?”. Testimony was heard from Rebecca Gambler, Director, 
Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; 
and the following officials from the Department of Homeland Security: 
Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Director, Joint Task Force East; Paul 
Beeson, Director, Border Patrol, Joint Task Force West; and Janice 
Ayala, Director, Joint Task Force--Investigations, Homeland

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Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

OVERSIGHT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE BUREAU OF 
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland 
Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the 
Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, 
Firearms, and Explosives”. Testimony was heard from Thomas E. Brandon, 
Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; 
and Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement 
Administration.

FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS ON PUBLIC COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil 
Justice held a hearing entitled “First Amendment Protections on Public 
College and University Campuses”. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 
held a hearing on H.R. 220, to authorize the expansion of the existing 
Terror Lake hydroelectric project, and for other purposes; H.R. 1411, 
the “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act”; and a discussion draft 
of the “Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development 
Act”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS AT ATF AND DEA
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled “Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA”. 
Testimony was heard from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, 
Department of Justice; Robert Patterson, Acting Principal Deputy 
Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Ronald B. Turk, 
Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of 
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

REVIEWING FEDERAL IT WORKFORCE CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Information Technology held a hearing entitled “Reviewing Federal IT 
Workforce Challenges and Possible Solutions”. Testimony was heard from 
Nick Marinos, Assistant Director, Information Technology, Government 
Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: ENABLING INNOVATION 
IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held a hearing entitled “Building a 21st Century 
Infrastructure for America: Enabling Innovation in the National 
Airspace”. Testimony was heard from Shelley J. Yak, Director, William 
J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration; and public 
witnesses.

AUTHORIZATION OF COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled 
“Authorization of Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs”. 
Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. 
Coast Guard; Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, Master Chief Petty 
Officer, U.S. Coast Guard; Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal 
Maritime Commission; and Joel Szabat, Executive Director, in lieu of 
the Administrator, Maritime Administration.

AN ASSESSMENT OF ONGOING CONCERNS AT THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”. 
Testimony was heard from Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, 
Department of Veterans Affairs; Steve Young, Deputy Undersecretary for 
Operations and Management, Veterans Health Administration, Department 
of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

ASSESSING VA APPROVED APPRAISERS AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE 
21ST CENTURY
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity 
held a hearing entitled “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to 
Improve the Program for the 21st Century”. Testimony was heard from 
Jeffrey London, Director, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
 No joint committee meetings were held.

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